Normally, I like to write columns about whatever people are talking about. Unfortunately, lately that has been the coronavirus (COVID-19).

I really want to answer the question people have on their minds, that being how long before this passes and we are back to normal? But, you know, the president of the United States does not even know the answer to that question — based upon the conflicting answers he gives: "maybe next week," or "July or August."

During these difficult times, no one is entirely certain what to do, but one strategy to stay out of trouble is to follow the guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health. 

Some include maintaining social distancing and staying inside as much as possible. Do not congregate in large groups. Cover your mouth when you cough with a tissue or in your elbow and wash your hands with soap and water frequently.

 The Alabama Department of Public Health has started a toll free phone line that is answered from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. at 1-800-270-7268. ADPH has also provided an email for general information at

Although it may seem different based on discussions of various people, Alabama is still not at the epicenter of the COVID-19.

At this time, the most cases are in New York, Washington state, and California.

The Auburn Villager wants to keep our area up to date. Visit our webpage at  or social media pages for daily updates from city government or Alabama state directives. Also there will be lists of curbside services or delivery services that are available in our area. 

Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to 

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